Coach John Carroll - coaches on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on Saturday morning. He is USMS Level 2 Certified and has completed American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED training. When not coaching, he swims with the team.
John swam for University High School and Illinois State University. He is married to Val and they have two adult children, Robert and Lauren, who both competed in swimming through their high school years. The family relocated to Salem, Oregon in the 1980s where John had his first exposure to masters swimming. He also swam with teams in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia, before being relocated back to Bloomington/Normal.
John loves working with new swimmers who haven’t experienced competitive swimming or structured practices. Many of these new swimmers are triathletes looking to improve times in their swim portion of the event. From this aspect of coaching, John enjoys the challenge of teaching the proper technique and completing organized swim practices that will generally get results for a new swimmer.
In addition to coaching the masters swim team, John is the director for the annual Spring Classic masters swim meet at IWU and the annual Central Illinois Open Water Swim (CIOWS) at Evergreen Lake in Comlara Park. He also helps Illinois Wesleyan University’s swim team during their home swimming and diving meets.
Coach Scott Clegg -Scott Clegg coaches Monday – Thursday mornings. He’s been a coach with our team since 2007 and has over 35 years of coaching experience with swimmers of all ages. In addition to coaching masters, he is a coach with the local YMCA Waves age group swim team.
Scott is from Dana, Illinois, where he swam competitively for the Streator YMCA. While attending the University of Illinois he walked-on to the varsity swim team and also served as the team manager. He graduated from the U of I with a degree in Ag Economics and is a tutor and substitute high school teacher in math. He and his spouse Kristin have two children and three dogs.
Scott is excellent at analyzing and correcting stroke mechanical errors. He works hard to help masters swimmers meet their goals.
Coach Josh Davis - currently assists with the Monday and Wednesday evening practices from 6-7pm. He also substitutes for other practices as necessary. Josh was certified as an Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor in September 2017 and as a Level 2 USMS coach in August 2018.
Josh was raised in Normal, IL. He was an IHSA state qualifier in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke representing Normal University High School. He swam at Western IL University with a 6th place finish in the 400 IM at the Summit League Swimming Championships. As a masters swimmer Josh swam at the 2018 Nationals in the 400 IM finishing 6th place in the men's 25-29 age group; and was a 1.5K open water champion for the 2018 Masters Pan American games.
Josh obtained his master's degree in mathematics at Illinois State University in August 2015. He currently works at State Farm as a statistician in the P&C underwriting department.
Coach Joe Kinkade - Coming soon!
Coach Kevin McCarthy - coaches CIMST's Sunday practices. Kevin is the owner and founder of Path Performance, a performance coaching and consulting group. He specializes in coaching individuals and organizations to create greater personal and professional performance and vitality. Kevin has been coaching runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes for 27 years. In the past 37 years Kevin has completed over 300 triathlons and hundreds of run, bike and swim events.
In addition to his work with Path Performance, Kevin serves on the Advisory Council for the department of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University, is the Diving Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, operates the Tri-Shark Classic Triathlon & Duathlon and directs Tri-Shark Classic Pups Beginner Triathlete program.
Kevin achieved a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and completed executive coach training with Lore International Institute – A Korn/Ferry Company. Kevin also consults in mental skills training for greater performance.
- USA Triathlon Certified Coach
- Over 40 years of swim instruction
- Over 25 years of Endurance Coaching experience
- 300+ athletes personally coached
- 400+ athletes group coached
- 175+ Ironman finishes coached
- Over 35 years of multi-sport racing